It's an American Special.. I've played and owned so many Strat's. This one is really cool though. I like the bigger headstock, and I also like that they don't lay on the gloss on the neck as much as they do on the Standards... I've been playing a lot of Standards and didn't like any of them, after playing some Specials and MIM's strats I decided to take a gamble with this guitar... I'm glad I did, I really like it so far! This is my current collection..